A very fine pair of late 18th century Louis XVI neoclassical Canapes / Marquises retaining their original petit point needlework upholstery. The frames with neoclassical carved details, the shaped back with upholstered arms, the bowed front apron with overlapping ribbon motifs and raised on fluted legs and topie feet. France, circa 1780 Height 87cm Width 122cm Depth 54cm Height of Seat 38cm Depth of Seat 47cm Pierre Laroque - was a French furniture maker working during the reign of Louis XV and Louis XVI up to the revolution. He was appointed master ebeniste or Maitre on June 11, 1766. His output is focused mainly on seat furniture in the transitional style Louis XV to Louis XVI, His furniture is marked: P. Laroque. Pierre Laroque first worked as a free craftsman before obtaining his Maitre in 1766 and settled in the Rue Saint Nicolas until the Revolution. He produced furniture and mainly Louis XV, Transition and Louis XVI style seating, some quite simple, others of more neat construction, carved with neoclassical motifs such as the present pair of Marquise. Bibliography Le Mobilier Français du XVIIIème Siècle - Pierre Kjellberg - Les Editions de l'Amateur - 2008 Les ébénistes du XVIIIe siècle - Comte François de Salverte - Les éditions d'Art et d'Histoire - 1934.